8 January 2013

Namibia: Slight Decrease in January Vehicle Crashes

Windhoek — A slight decrease in road accidents was recorded in the first week of January 2013 with 49 crashes compared to 54 crashes recorded in the first week of January last year.

In addition, 87 injuries were recorded during the first week of the year compared to 115 injuries in the corresponding period last year. However, the recorded number of fatalities remained the same during the same period last year, with 10 deaths recorded in the first week of the year, statistics from the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund indicate.

The festive season is often characterised by road accidents, as the national roads become congested. The Corporate Communications Officer of the MVA, Ritha Nghiitwikwa said speeding is often the main factor in road crashes. "Thus adherence to speed limits will save lives," said Nghiitwikwa. She reiterated that road users should be observant and cautious on the roads at all times to make it safe to their destinations.

Approached for comment, Deputy Commissioner of the Namibian Police Edwin Kanguatjivi said adhering to road and traffic rules; abstaining from the use of alcohol and intoxicating substances while driving would lead to a reduction in road crashes. "One life lost is one too many," he said.

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